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Six Pieces of Fantastic Career Advice From Successful People


Richard Branson, CEO Virgin: Don’t waste energy on your so-called failures “The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me”.

Mark Cuban, Owner Dallas Mavericks: Be the listener

“At the start of any meeting, write the word LISTEN at the top of his notebook and use it as a reminder through the whole meeting. By listening, it does not simply being quiet, waiting for his turn to talk. It means focusing on what the other person was saying”.

Pat Wadors, LinkedIn: Choose a job experience over a title

“You will take lateral moves, you will change industries. What you’re looking for isn’t a title, it’s experience and skill”.

Jerry Seinfeld, Media Personality: Focus on doing good work not on self-promotion Some time ago, Jerry Seinfeld did a Reddit AMA session where he offered some great career advice.

He said the wrong advice you could give to a new comedian, or any young professional, is that “you have to do more to promote yourself. That’s the worst advice. The best advice is to do your work, and you won’t have to worry about anything else.”

Amit Singh, Google HR: Go sideways to go up Six years ago, Amit Singh left a good job at Oracle to help Google build a new, unproven business, its Google Apps for Work. It felt like a risky move at the time. He learned that sometimes you have to take “a sideways move to get to something bigger, which may not be obvious right away”.

Amy Wrzesniewski, Yale School of Management: actively make your job more meaningful The happiest employees make their work deeply meaningful by doing what she calls “job crafting”. Instead of waiting for a boss to assign new projects they ask themselves

“What can I do to the job right now to make that work more meaningful?”

It might be something like finding time to help people, or finding tasks that let you use your favorite skills.